CO-WORKER SAYS HAUN TALKED ABOUT SORCERY.
Diana Haun said she was a witch who cast spells and planned to do a human sacrifice, a co-worker testified Monday during Haun's trial in the killing of Sherri Dally.
Teresa Estrella, who worked with Haun at a Vons supermarket in Oxnard, said she became scared when Haun spoke of black magic. ``It scared the hell out of me,'' said the 22-year-old Estrella.
Haun, 36, is charged with kidnapping and murdering Dally, the wife of Haun's lover, Michael Dally, in May 1996. Like Haun, Michael Dally is charged with murder and faces the death penalty, with his trial scheduled to follow.
A nervous Estrella testified that she and Haun were working together in the deli of the Vons supermarket when Haun spoke of the occult on two separate occasions in March 1996.
Haun introduced the subject by saying she had cast a spell on a supermarket checker without giving a reason why that person was targeted, Estrella said.
``I guess she made it sound like (the spell) was a success because the lady did go out on a leave of absence,'' Estrella said.
Estrella said she declined Haun's invitation to cast a spell together, though she provided the defendant with a rusty razor to use with a rusty nail in some ritual not connected to the Dally case.
Estrella said the second conversation about the occult took on a more ominous tone.
Haun admitted to being a witch and ``told me that she practiced white magic and was looking into black magic and liked to do spells,'' said Estrella, who did not recall whether Haun explained the different types of magic.
``I asked her if she had ever done a human sacrifice because black magic usually goes with sacrifices - I know that from watching a lot of TV,'' Estrella said. ``She told me no, but she was thinking of doing one.''
The defendant allegedly had a victim in mind.
``She had told me she had a male friend who had a birthday coming up and he had selected a victim,'' Estrella said, noting that she and co-workers later found out Michael Dally's birthday is May 21.
Estrella protested to Haun and said she questioned her about whether the victim had a family or children. ``She had told me, `What if their mother beat the kid, is that OK?' And I said, `No, it isn't OK.' ''
Estrella said she was certain this conversation occurred between March 11 and March 20, 1996, because she mentioned the conversation about witchcraft to a friend who was visiting from out-of-state during that period.
``I told him, `I work with this witch,' and he said, `We all do.' And I said, `No, dude, this chick is really a witch,' '' she recalled.
Defense attorneys sought to undermine Estrella's credibility as a witness.
On the stand Monday, Estrella said Haun covered her ears every time a deli frying machine made a screeching high-pitched noise. Estrella said Haun explained this aversion was because she was ``part wolf.''
But in testimony to the grand jury last year, Estrella said she had not personally heard Haun make the wolf statement, only that it had been relayed to her through a co-worker.
She attempted to resolve this contradiction Monday by saying that she had personally heard and been told of Haun's claim of being part wolf.
Estrella also admitted she disapproved of Haun's affair with a married man, which she said was open knowledge among supermarket employees.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Aug 19, 1997|
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